Dan Koppen will likely be in the starting lineup when New England plays Denver at Gillette Stadium Sunday. You can look for him smack dab in the middle of the offensive line.
The Broncos offensive line.
It could be a strange sight for long-time Patriots fans. Koppen's NFL career was born via a 2003 New England draft selection, and he played with the team for nine seasons. He was released during final cuts this August.
Bill Belichick didn't eulogize Koppen's time with the Patriots on his Tuesday conference call. Business is business, the coach said.
"We kind of go through this every week, see players on other teams -- Ravens safety James Ihedigbo, Bills defensive lineman Mark Anderson, whoever it is -- there's players on other teams that have played for us," he noted of New England's last two opponents.
"It's a little bit unusual . . . It is but it isn't; we haven't seen Dan Koppen in another uniform, but you see plenty of other players in similar situations where that happened. That's the way it is in the NFL -- you can find it on every team throughout the league."
Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.
"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.
"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.
Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."
Former NFL player Dan Koppen says the team locker room after a win is a sacred place and that Steelers WR Antonio Brown should know not to be posting on Facebook.